KAROLIEN SOETE Born and raised in Flanders into a family of artists and musicians Soete holds a master degree in historical graphic techniques from St. Luke Academy of Art in Ghent, Belgium. Additionally, she has studied stone and clay work, photography, architecture, voice, and is fluent in compute...
KAROLIEN SOETE Born and raised in Flanders into a family of artists and musicians Soete holds a master degree in historical graphic techniques from St. Luke Academy of Art in Ghent, Belgium. Additionally, she has studied stone and clay work, photography, architecture, voice, and is fluent in computer design, animation, and video editing. Professionally Karolien has been an art director for motion pictures and commercial photography, and sung classical music in concert and on film. For the last ten years, Karolien has focused her creative energies into ‘mastering’ the portrait, seeking to investigate and express ‘the human character’. Her work can be found today throughout Europe and the United States.
Sensory Faculty.The works began as I was convalescing from a series of annoying physical mala- dies, and a minor surgery. In fact, some of my body issues were caused from years of protracted exposure to the, not so healthful, chemicals associated with my various processes (involving paints and varnishes etc.). Besides a focus on broader notions of sense perception, and sense memory, the specifically limiting (medical doctor pre-scribed) factor of wearing a protective mask began to feedback, to influence, my work. I then began to inquire about the cause and effect when limiting, or conversely over stimulating, other senses while I paint. Seeking to work in more open air spaces than my current studio, and wanting to incorporate my love and work with film and moving images, I next experimented with various animation techniques. First came a series of photo- graphic self portraits with a spiraling camera, then some light-hearted short films with a doll from my childhood, followed by practices with different wall animations in my home studio, and then
I received a grant from Nucleo to paint for two months in one of their studios in an abandoned school in Ghent. I set out to ‘visualize’ my thoughts in moving mural animations. Using the walls, floor, ceiling I created, frame by frame, with acrylics and ink, a digital still camera, and computer editing software the film sequences.
My dream is to travel to different countries and cities. I would stay 1or more months in each location, looking for a place to make a mural stop motion animation.
The animation will show the story of the unfolding mural. During minimum 30 days depending on the size of the walls, and the time, I’ll paint my story. Figures will grow and fade, landscapes emerge and disappear telling a story of inner turbulence and memories.The images of the mural will cor- respond with the natural environment of the wall, the history of the building or city in which it stands. I’ll be doing research of the place and incorporate that together with my inspiration and own sense of the place. If walls could speak is the key here. My conquest is to give the wall a voice.The painting on the wall will emerge day by day telling my comprehension of it’s history. My attempt is to materialize the images buried deep in the brick and cement. During that process images will turn up and disappear.
The longer I work on a wall the more it will reveal.At the end of it’s process the wall will return to its original state, no trace of my visit will remain.The wall will surface it’s story during a moment in time and goes back into silence when I leave.
It is an installation that comes to life during my visit, a performance that can be viewed, showing the visitors an unique image, constantly changing over time.The only trace of the work will be a stop motion art video of the process, and a few key sketches made during the research period. Black ink, black and white acrylic paint and a few brushes are the only materials I will be using. Depending on the original color of the wall the mural will be in black and white.
I’m looking for some sponsoring,or financial support for my stay and travel costs.At the end of the travel period, I will have a short stop motion animation movie on DVD that tells the storie of all those different walls and cities.
I’ll be creating my first “Talking Walls” stop motion at Bozar, Brussels during the CanvasCollection exhibition. May 10 till June 10 2012.
Solo: Gallery Pinsart “Talking Walls” Brugge, Nov - Dec 2012
Group Canvas collection: Live Stop motion mural “Talking Walls” in progress, Museum Bozar, Brussels, May 10 - June 10 2012
Video:Young Wolves- OFFoff art cinema Festival Ghent March 28 2012
Group: DesignCenter De Winkelhaak “Contemporary Art Sucks!” Antwerp, April 17 - April 29 2012
Performance “Prolegomena II” In cooperation with Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and Alexander Berne, Joyce SOHO Theater, NY March 8 - 11 2012
Group: Gallery Pinsart Brugge, Jan 17 - Feb 26 2012 Solo: SEAS Experimental Art Space, Knokke Heist, Jan 13 - Feb 26 2012
Performance “Prolegomena” In cooperation with Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and Alexander Berne,TriskelionArts in Williamsburg, NewYork Nov 4 - 6.2011
Group: Museum Guislain: works in the selection ‘Gevaarlijk jong’ (1 oct. 2011-20 may 2012) Ghent Belgium
Group: Absolute Art Gallery Brugge, Belgium: Sensory Faculty march 5- april 15 2011
Solo: Centre for young art Kasteel Claeys-Bouüaert , Ghent Belgium Reviving Souls” 15 jan.-14 feb. 2010
Performance: November: Residency in “lesateliersclaus” in Brussels (St-Gilles) 20-29 november 2009 In cooperation with Oorwerk (Eric Thielemans en Edith Doove) and Alexander Berne for Cimetics festival.